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Jan 17, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

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November 4, 2013
MS students urged to participate in Computer Science Education Week

Be one of the millions participating in Hour of Code, Dec. 10-12

Backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, the College Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, and over 100 other partners, BH-BL middle school students can help reach code.org’s goal of 10 million students participating in the Hour of Code from Dec. 10 to 12.

There is no experience required. Students can sign up to complete one hour of code using a choice of engaging tutorials from industry leaders such as Rovio entertainment, the makers of Angry Birds.

Activities will be led by Mrs. White, high school computer science teacher, and some of her Advanced Placement Computer Science students.

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Basic programming activities help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any future career path.

Some Shocking USA Statistics

  • There will be 1 million more computing jobs than students over the next 10 years, adding up to $500 billion in salaries.
  • 67% of “software” jobs are outside the tech industry – in banking, retail, government, entertainment, medicine, agriculture, etc.
  • Computer Science is the highest paid college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average.
  • More than 50 percent of all projected math and science occupations are in computing occupations.
  • Computing occupations are among the highest-paying jobs for new graduates. Yet fewer than 3% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.
  • 9 out of 10 schools in the United States do not offer Computer Science classes (BH-BL does).
  • A.P. Computer Science is taught in only 5% of U.S. high schools (BH-BL is one of them).
  • Fewer than 20 percent of AP Computer Science students are women. Fewer than 10% are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino.

 

For more information, contact Mrs. White at pwhite@bhbl.org.  Students may sign up from November 19 to 26 in the middle school office. Students may choose from activity period on December 10, 11 or 12. Space is limited.